Cumming Nature Center Trails

In the springtime, a quiet walk along Cumming Nature Center trails will yield endless wildflowers. From the rare Spreading Globeflower to the near-perfect red, white, and painted trilliums, wildflowers of all colors will remind you of the vitality and energy of nature. Day by day, through each season, the wetlands and forest offer new and exciting changes. In spring, summer, and fall, you can enjoy our six miles of gentle, well-maintained hiking trails, each with a different theme:

  • The Beaver Trail introduces you to the important cycles of nature. You’ll see forest, stream, marsh, and meadow habitats rich with plant and animal life on your way to an observation tower overlooking a 35-acre beaver pond. See first-hand one of the most stunning examples of an animal’s interaction with its environment.
  • The Helen Gordon Trail is an outdoor art gallery with paintings by artists Jerry Czech and Helen Edinger that will acquaint you with the birds and other animals of the area.
  • The Haudenosaunee Trail paintings by Seneca artist Ernest Smith introduce the fascinating culture and tradition of the Haudenosaunee and evoke images of a time long past.
  • The Pioneer Trail features a reconstructed 18th-century homestead and interpretive signs that tell of the lives of early settlers.
  • The Conservation Trail communicates our forest conservation and management practices. Trail signs identify tree species and explain their uses to both wildlife and humans. These signs, along with a working sawmill and a replica of a fire tower, show how informed management practices can result in a sustainable, mature forest.

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